Wiz [Widescreen]

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Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel -The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who peel themselves from a graffiti mural and sing to her about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home. On her journey down the yellow brick road, she encounters a garbage-stuffed scarecrow (Michael Jackson) in a junkyard, a broken-down tin man (Nipsey Russell) caught in the decay of an old amusement park, and a cowardly lion (Ted Ross) posing as a stone statue outside a museum. The quartet tangles with a subway station that comes to life, a poppy den, and a gaggle of motorcycle henchman on their way to the Wiz -- who orders them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (a sweatshop tyrant) before he will grant them their wishes. The Wiz has about double the large-scale production numbers of The Wizard of Oz (1939), with songs written and composed by Charlie Smalls. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Chapter List

0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [3:22]
2. "The Feeling That We Have" Theresa Merritt and Family Choir [1:00]
3. "Can I Go On" Diana Ross [2:25]
4. "He's The Wizard" Thelma Carpenter and Munchkins [4:18]
5. "Soon As I Get Home" Diana Ross [7:55]
6. "You Can't Win" Michael Jackson and Crows [5:21]
7. "Ease On Down The Road" Diana Ross and Michael Jackson [2:41]
8. "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?" Nipsey Russell [4:14]
9. "Slide Some Oil to Me" Nipsey Russell [3:50]
10. "Ease On Down The Road" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell [3:21]
11. "I'm A Mean Ole Lion" Ted Ross [5:18]
12. "Ease On Down The Road" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross [:32]
13. "Be A Lion" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross [3:28]
14. "Emerald City" Emerald City Citizens [2:48]
15. "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" Mabel King and the Winkies [1:54]
16. "A Brand New Day" Full Company [5:34]
17. "Believe In Yourself" Diana Ross [7:50]
18. "Believe In Yourself" Lena Horne [3:08]
19. "Home" Diana Ross [5:48]
20. End Titles [7:00]